million grant launches telecommunications facility
RIT will create the
most comprehensive center for telecommunications education, research
and scholarship in the nation, spurred by a $2 million challenge
grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.
G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications will be the centerpiece
of a new 50,000-square-foot School of Engineering Technology Building,
part of the College of Applied Science and Technology. The center
will house the telecommunications system lab, the optoelectronics
lab; the K-12 networking lab and “smart” classrooms.
McGowan Student Commons will be the centerpiece of the School
of Engineering Technology Building.
The new building will
be home to programs in electrical, computer and telecommunications
engineering technology; civil engineering technology/environmental
management and safety; and manufacturing and mechanical engineering
technology/packaging science. It will also house RIT’s Center
for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly and the National Technology
Training Center, where high school teachers train in engineering
technology curricula through Project Lead the Way and the Cisco
Networking Academy. It will be a center for cross-disciplinary
projects from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology,
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences,
Kate Gleason College of Engineering and Center for Integrated
William McGowan founded
MCI Communications Corp.
in 1968 and led the company until his death in 1992.
The grant is the largest
to RIT from the Washington, D.C.-based William G. McGowan Charitable
Fund Inc. and among the fund’s largest to any institution.
Founded in 1992, the fund also has provided RIT with more than
$100,000 in business scholarships.